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In a world of fast-paced, hyper-competitive workplaces, holidays and vacations are becoming more important than ever. Chronic stress can be biologically destructive, and regular vacations can combat the damage done. In fact, a study was conducted to test this idea—the Framingham Heart Study, which was completed in 1992. The gold standard for long-term health studies, this experiment tracked workers for over 20 years. They found that individuals (men, in particular) who did not take vacations were around 30% more likely to have a heart attack. For women, this rate increased to 50%. The numbers hold true even in the face of factors like diabetes, cigarette use, income levels, and obesity.

Taking a vacation is not only a great way to break up your schedule—the health benefits are palpable. Your Holiday Matters is devoted to the idea that, well, your holiday is important. We produce material to help you make the most of your time away. This includes, but is not limited to, suggested destinations, the best times for travel, how to save money, and why you shouldn’t compromise on that dream vacation spot.

This site is split into two main categories: Don’t Overlook and Don’t Compromise. The “Don’t Overlook” category will investigate the aspects of travel worth considering while making decisions—specific travel periods, flight advice, and information about details like travel insurance. The “Don’t Compromise” category will include pieces on the details you should not compromise on while travelling, allowing you to make the most of your holiday—taking the trip you always wanted, finding your dream vacation rental, and more.

In essence, this site will break down each aspect of your vacation and determine if it is worth the effort of a follow-through. Your holiday matters—to us, to your family, and—most importantly—to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Visitors Projects Challenges
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    • Cusco The Inca Capital
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    • Leaving Cold Blighty for Portugal
      Well the time is almost upon us when we drive to Portsmouth load us all and Harvey onto a Ferry and head across the Bay of Biscay and before anyone says anything we have most definitely been informed how rough this route can be but it beats several day
    • Off to Scotland and the Inner Hebrides
      So lets go to Scotland for a Month well that was the plan but a great celebration stopped us heading north until party date of the 27th of May. So we filled in our time with family and friends and had a great week visiting Fi and Doug in Northampton Dawn
    • The use of water clocks to measure time
      Water clocks were used to mark a limited time interval. They above all marked the time of studying and of teaching and were used by sailors to calculate the speed of a ship and by priests to limit the length of homilies. Well I have to say an enorm
    • Funicolare Zecca Righi
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